Best Summer Getaways in the USA 2023
Are you looking forward to getting away from your usual daily routine? If you’re planning on traveling in the USA this summer, there are many choices of places to see and things to do. We’ve surveyed our staff and other online sources to make your planning session easier. Here then, are the best summer getaways in the USA.
This state is nicknamed “Vacationland” and not without reason. Augusta, the capital, is known for its architecture and history. Portland is another place for history lovers. It comes complete with cobblestone streets, and historic lighthouses. Nearby Rockland is known for the Maine Lobster Festival. Enjoy the water? Visit Maine’s many coastal islands. Finally, outdoor adventurers will love Acadia National Park.
Arizona, nicknamed the Grand Canyon State, is where the world-famous natural wonder known as the Grand Canyon is located. You should also visit the Petrified Forest National Park which features the rainbow-colored Painted Desert and the ancient Puerco Pueblo. There’s also the 92,000-acre Saguaro National Park. If you plan on hiking in these parks, start your day early.
Visit “the Mighty 5” national parks. Enjoy the view from the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park. Wander through the hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park. See the sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, explore the Water Pocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park, and watch the sunset at the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park too.
Florida has Everglades National Park for nature lovers. But if you’re looking to explore other cultures and relax, Florida has that too. Get a taste of Cuban culture in Miami’s Little Havana. If you prefer a more Caribbean feel to your beach bumming, head to Key West and the Florida Keys. Looking for family-friendly fun? It’s gotta be Orlando!
5. The U.S. Virgin Islands
Many travelers overlook the US Virgin Islands. Here you can swim with the dolphins at Coral World Ocean Park, go ziplining, glamping, snorkeling, or take a multi-activity tour and get some real exercise. Foodies will enjoy the St Thomas Food Tour. End the day on the Sunset Kayak Adventure. Too much work? Just relax on Honeymoon Beach.
The Aloha State is probably already on your bucket list. Each of the individual islands has its own appeal. Kauai is the lush “garden island.”
Maui has the Road to Hana and the black sands of wonderful Waianapanapa State Park. Oahu has the Pearl Harbor National Memorial and the Battleship Missouri Memorial. The Big Island has Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Tour them all.
The sun never really sets in the “Land of the Midnight Sun.” Book your room in Fairbanks and see all the attractions. If you’d like to see the Northern Lights, visit in late August.
Enjoy the Arctic lakes, hot springs, river excursions, and wildlife sanctuaries. Keep an eye out for moose, muskoxen, and reindeer. Learn about native culture too.
California is huge! Let’s get right to some highlights. Nature Lovers must see Yosemite National Park.
Traveling with kids? There’s Hollywood, nearby Disneyland, and Universal Studios. Stop in San Diego to see Legoland and SeaWorld. Visit San Francisco and see the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Pier 39. Don’t forget to sample some Mexican food and hit the Cali beaches either!
July and August are especially busy in Oregon. So be sure to book your getaway for June. Hot spots here include Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, and Crater Lake.
Be sure to visit Cannon Beach too. Whether you like tide pools, tall rock formations, or surfing, there’s a beach here for everyone. You can see migrating whales too.
If you like music and partying, go to Nashville, do a pub crawl, and visit the Willie Nelson Museum too. Outdoor enthusiasts should be sure to explore the 520,000* acres that make up the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here you see impressive waterfalls, go camping, do some fishing, and hike 71 miles worth of the awesome Appalachian Trail.
11. North Carolina
One of the best summer getaways here is the state’s barrier islands, the Outer Banks. Here you can also see the historic lighthouses and wild Mustang horses in Corolla. Explore Cape Hatteras National Seashore and hit the numerous family-friendly beaches as well. Other noteworthy attractions include Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, and the Wright Brothers National Memorial.
If you’re looking to get away in Michigan, it’s simple. Vacation on Mackinac Island. Take the ferry and experience an 1800s-style holiday.
Here you’ll find no chain hotels or motor vehicles either. You travel via foot, bicycle, or horse carriage. Stay at the Mission Point resort or the historic Grand Hotel. Don’t miss the ice cream at Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor!
When one thinks of Colorado, one often thinks of the resort towns of Aspen and Vail. While you can’t ski in the summer, you can go biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, and hot tubbing too. There’s also the Maroon Bells Mountains and the scenic drive on Independence Pass. Music fans can attend the big music festival and the Rocky Mountain National Park.
If you’re an aficionado of the great outdoors, you must go to Glacier National Park. Unsurprisingly, great glaciers are the big draw here. But, there are also 700+ lakes, two majestic mountain ranges, and a number of waterfalls as well. While the popular activity here is hiking such trails as the Highline Trail, you can also canoe, fish, and kayak here.
Visit the town of Leavenworth, which resembles a German Bavarian village. Stop in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Other attractions include the beautiful Discovery Park and scenic Olympic Sculpture Park. Explore the local art scene including Seattle’s Chihuly Garden and Glass, sample the wares at Pike Place Market, and don’t miss Washington State’s Mount Rainier National Park and the iconic Space Needle.
What are your favorite US summer getaways? Have we mentioned them here? Let us know in the comments section.